Hospitality lounges provide a premium match experience in a shared environment.
Lounges can vary in scale from enlarged hospitality boxes through to substantial spaces to cater for hundreds of guests. Regardless of the format and type of dining offered in these lounges, they should provide dedicated catering, internal seating, entrance spaces and access to the seating bowl.
Views from lounges can vary. In some cases, a pitch view is considered desirable, however, views out of the stadium can also be attractive. Recent trends have seen premium lounges designed with a direct view into the players’ tunnel.
Outdoor lounges and decks might be suitable should the local climate and other customs allow.
Lounges should provide seating and circulation space for the full capacity of the lounge along with a dedicated service area for staff servicing the lounge. The recommended space per guest will depend on the dining concept offered. This generally ranges from 1.2m² to 1.8m² per guest. Wall- and/or column-mounted TVs should be included to ensure the guests have access to all broadcast content available within the stadium.
Consideration should be given to the installation of removable walls within lounges to allow large spaces to be segregated into smaller boxes should the demand change between events.
Dedicated sanitary facilities should be provided for lounge guests, assuming a 50:50 male:female guest split. The provisions per spectator are considered in Sub-Section 5.6.3.